House Democrat asks GAO to investigate nuclear licensing process

There is also a financial risk, as Markey notes the industry’s history of cost overruns. His letter to Acting Comptroller General Gene Dodaro asks GAO to review the policies and procedures the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses when issuing a permit for new reactors.

No nuclear reactors have been ordered for thirty years. But climate legislation has revived the sector, at least politically.

Compromise legislation being written by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is expected to include broad subsidies for nuclear power.